I had every intention to graduate college on time. I went to a jr college my first semester like a lot of people do to get their basics. After I finished my basics I went on to UTA, joined a sorority and slept through classes too many times to count.
I loved being on my own and doing my own thing. Unfortunately doing my own thing didn’t involve studying or attending classes. College started to get harder and I just wasn’t motivated at all.
When I decide to quit school I went to cosmetology school and loved it. I did hair for about 2 years specializing in color and extensions.
I then decided to move to Florida with my boyfriend at the time and focused more on my new friends, bars and kickball leagues than pursuing my career.
My parents were not amused at this point to say the least and my boyfriend and I broke up after I lived there a few years and I moved back to Dallas.
I took quite a while off from college and had so many classes left to graduate it seemed impossible.
When I met my husband I started to think about a family and how I couldn’t tell my kids they better focus on education and get a degree if I didn’t even do it myself.
I was extremely fortunate to not have to work and I was able to do school full time. Going back later is so much harder because you aren’t as sharp in the tools you need to study and write papers.
I did some classes online and some at UTA campus. The online classes were actually more difficult for me because you couldn’t really ask your professor if you had any questions and the material you studied were just lectures on slide shows and so so so many books to read. You don’t get the same one on one contact like you do in a classroom if you need it.
I spent an endless amount of hours in the library doing school work. There is even a specific Starbucks I won’t go to anymore because I spent my life in there listening to classical music and writing papers.
Looking back I honestly don’t know how I did it but I’m so thankful I did. If you’re someone thinking about getting your degree later in life I say go for it! There were a lot of tears and many times I wanted to give up but didn’t.
I had some people comment when I was going back to school saying “Why do you need your degree, you’re married to a Doctor and don’t have to work”.
This used to offend me so much because this is something I wanted to accomplish for myself and if I ever choose to pursue a job in my field I can. No I don’t have to work but that was an even bigger reason to better myself.
My husband was amazing during this time because I was always stressed out and super moody when I was studying. Having a baby made it even more difficult but when I finally got to my very last class ever I was so happy.
Most people who graduate college later in life don’t walk the stage or tell anyone about it. I never felt ashamed of graduating late. When it came time to walk that stage and get my degree you bet I wore that cap and gown and walked!
Having a piece of paper mailed to me just didn’t seem that exciting and I needed something more to show I put in so much work into this. My whole family came down and it was one of the best days of my life.
If you graduated on time that is excellent but if you didn’t like me don’t get discouraged because it isn’t impossible. It was one of the hardest times in my life but if I can do it anyone can.